Ignorance is Bliss When Using Frameworks

In software engineering, there is a prevailing idea that an engineer should only use a framework when he or she understands the internal workings. This is a fallacy. Why is it that we must know the internal workings — do the details matter that much? Some might say ignorance is bliss. Car Engine Let’s examine…

8 Must Have Extensions for Brackets.io

Everyone has a favorite editor. We each have reasons for choosing our editor. I’ve tried them all. And I’ve found that Brackets.io best suits me. Unfortunately, there are gaps in the functionality of Brackets.io. With a robust ecosystem of extensions, I’ve found 8 extensions that complete Brackets.io. Here is a list of my 8 must…

Setting up Continuous Integration on Ubuntu with Nodejs

I went through blood, sweat and tears to bring this to you. I suffered the scorching heat of Death Valley and summited the peaks of Mount McKinley. I’ve sacrificed much. Much of content shared in the post is not my original work. Where I can, I link back to the original work. This article assumes…

The Mind State of a Software Engineer

Have patience. Coding is discovery. Coding is failing. Be ok with this. *image reference Don’t blame the framework. It’s more probable it’s your code. Accept this fallibility. *image reference Know when to walk away. You mind is a wonderful tool, even at rest it’s working on unsolved problems. Rest, and let your mind do it’s…

Index Fragmentation in SQL Azure, Who Knew!

I’ve been on my project for over a year and it has significantly grown as an application and in data during the year. It’s been nonstop new features. I’ve rarely gone back and refactored code. Last week I noticed some of the data heavy pages were loading slowly. At the worst case one view could…